500,000 Women Swamp Washington For Anti-Trump Protest March - Live Feed

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Hundreds of thousands crowds of women, many wearing bright pink knit hats and carrying Starbucks lattes, swamped into downtown Washington, arriving by bus, train and car on Saturday for a march in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump one day after the Republican took office.

Cited by AP, a city official in Washington said the turnout estimate for the Women's March on the National Mall now stands at 500,000 people, more than double the initial predictions. Kevin Donahue is Washington's deputy mayor for public safety and justice. He says on Twitter that organizers of the march are increasing the turnout estimate to half a million.

The Washington event is expected to be the largest of a series of marches planned across the world in cities including Sydney, London, Tokyo and New York to criticize Trump's "often angry, populist rhetoric."

Today's Women's March on Washington, which will feature speakers, celebrity appearances and a protest walk along the National Mall, is the brainchild of Hawaiian grandmother Teresa Shook and is intended as an outlet for women and their male supporters to vent their frustration and anxiety over Trump's victory. According to organizers, several hundred thousand people are expected to attend.

Many participants wore knitted pink cat-eared "pussy" hats, a reference to Trump's claim in the 2005 video that was made public weeks before the election that he grabbed women by the genitals. The march spotlights the fierce opposition Trump faces as he takes office, a period that is typically more of a honeymoon for a new president. The women said they hoped to send a unity message to Trump.

Among the prominent democrats praising the rally were Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state thanked attendees on Twitter for "standing, speaking and marching for our values." She says it's as "important as ever." Clinton is also reviving her campaign slogan and says in the tweet she believes "we're always Stronger Together."

Actress America Ferrera said "every single one of us" is under attack by President Donald Trump. Ferrera was speaking at the start of a rally that is opening the Women's March on Washington. She says people are gathered in the capital and across the country to say to Trump, "We refuse." The "Ugly Betty" star says the marchers reject demonization of Muslims. She says they also refuse to give up their "right to safe and legal abortions." Ferrera says the U.S. won't ask LGBT Americans to go backward and won't go from a nation of immigrants to "a nation of ignorance."

At the same time, thousands of women took to the streets of European capitals to join "sister marches" in Asia against Trump ahead pf the Washington rally. Waving banners with slogans like "Special relationship, just say no" and "Nasty women unite," the demonstrators gathered outside the American embassy in Grosvenor Square before heading to a rally in central Trafalgar Square.

Worldwide some 670 marches were planned, according to the organizers' website which says more than two million marchers are expected to protest against Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president on Friday.

As Reuters notes, Trump has "angered many liberal Americans with comments seen as demeaning to women, Mexicans and Muslims, and worried some abroad with his inaugural vow on Friday to put "America First" in his decision making." The protests come a day after the nation's capital was rocked by violent protests against the new president, with black-clad anti-establishment activists smashing windows, setting vehicles on fire and fighting with riot police who responded with stun grenades.

The protests illustrated the depth of the anger in a deeply divided country that is still recovering from the scarring 2016 campaign season. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. party.

"It's important that our rights be respected. People have fought hard for our rights and President Trump has made it clear that he does not respect of them," said Lexi Milani, a 41-year-old restaurant owner from Baltimore, who had ridden down in a bus with 28 friends.

 

"I just want people to feel empowered and go home and be active. Call your Congressman, run for office," Milani said. "I don't want people to feel defeated."

Washington subway trains and platforms were packed with people. The Metro sent a service alert warning of "system-wide delays due to extremely large crowds." At least one station was closed to new passengers because of the crowds backed up on the platform.

A disparate lineup of organizations including reproductive health provider Planned Parenthood, gun-control group Moms Demand Action and Emily's List, which promotes female candidates for office, sent large contingents to the event.

As Reuters adds, some Republicans have criticized feminist, gay-rights and other activist groups critical of Trump as resorting to a divisive style of "identity politics." Democratic U.S. Representative Jim Himes of Connecticut, a supporter of the marchers, rejected that assertion.

"It is Donald Trump who singled out Muslims for a Muslim registry. It was Donald Trump who made disparaging comments about women. It was Donald Trump who criticized a judge of Mexican heritage. That's identity politics. We're sending the message that we're all Americans.”

The women have given various reasons for marching, ranging from inspiring other women to run for office to protesting Trump's plans to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which among other things requires health insurers to cover birth control. Jesse Carlock, 68, a psychologist from Dayton, Ohio was attending her first protest in decades. "Once Mr. Trump was elected, I decided I needed to get active again, and I hadn't been since the 60s and 70s," Carlock said. "I've got to stand up and be counted as against a lot of what President Trump is saying...about healthcare, immigration, reproductive rights, you name it."

Celebrities such as the musicians Janelle Monae and Katy Perry - both of whom supported Clinton in the election - are expected to take part in Saturday's march. The march organizers said they had extensive security plans in place, and would have both visible and hard-to-spot security workers along the route.

Trump's team did not respond to a request for comment about the march.

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apadictionary's picture

wonder who is financing all that

HowdyDoody's picture

So this is the start of the 'pink revolution'. ~500,000 (or even 50,000) lattes served almost at the same time? That takes some preplanning and coordination.

CheapBastard's picture

 

All those women must be protesting the Hillary-Obama bombing and blood-soaked slaughter of hundreds of thousands of women and children in the middle east and north Africa, right?

Trump may have called someone fat or grabbed someone's pussy. But Hillary and Soweto blew their entire body to smitherines. Bloody, eh.

I bet they hate Hillary. All those innocent chilrden in Libya and Syria. "Shameful Hillary."

Is that what that sign says in the back?

 

Rubicon's picture

Precisely. But the scattered remains of a child in the middle east are out of sight and mind.

 

Fucking hypocrites.

Kayman's picture

Look at the hands. All manicured, clutching their lattes. Elites with a vagina. 

techpriest's picture

It's a carefully constructed shot - they picked the 5 best out of 500,000, and if you look carefully you can see a cow that is half-cut-out of the picture.

Think about your crazy depressed aunt who is constantly blaming everyone else for her failures. If that represents the bottom 10% of American women, that's nearly 16 million people, so it's not breathtaking that a fraction of such people are taking their blame game to an epic new level.

sgt_doom's picture

Many of them are the highly paid elites of the jobs-offshoring industry, no doubt!

reload's picture

In Feb 2003 the anti gulf war marches got hardly a mention in the MSM. There were 1M + marchers in London and at least 1.5M in Madrid. This time the media will give these misguided fools max coverage, but the sane will ignore them.

BitchezGonnaBitch's picture

Think of all the dishes sitting unwashed right now...

CoastalCowboy's picture

These types of cunts can't even boil water right much less make a sammich.  Am I supposed to even give a fuck???

Giant Meteor's picture

There's an app for that ..

scoutshonor's picture

Cat sammiches--2 birds, 1 stone.

wisehiney's picture

Dried up old bitches got nothing better to do.

Giant Meteor's picture

Watch it pal, the old ones need lovin too ..

XqWretch's picture

Pull up the bang bus!

peddling-fiction's picture

Time for some de-programming at Camp.

Lots of brainwashed floosies.

Cruel Joke's picture

Organizers of the #WomensMarch are going to put women in hijabs out front to "be symbolic." So they're leading the march with a symbol of female oppression. How nuts are these people?

Kayman's picture

The religion that treats women like cattle gets center stage. So, it's politics then, no principles.

abyssinian's picture

Bunch of retarded liberal losers! 

BitchezGonnaBitch's picture

Somebody has to tell them - until they know what they DO want (as opposed to an endless list of what they don't want) no one is going to take them seriously.

Normalcy Bias's picture

I know some women going to a local march in FL.

The answers they gave me when I asked what they were marching for were very vague and pretty funny.

thatthingcanfly's picture

Where are these women's husbands and fathers?

peddling-fiction's picture

In their safe spaces.

Like EML is.

Probably his dindu muffin is out protesting in Oslo as well.

CheapBastard's picture

It's not cool these days to know who be yo' Daddy.

So don't ask them. Might trigger someone.

Dalcan5's picture

Marching with them asshole! I know life in the trailer park must be different but in the normal, educated, enlightened world, men support their women, whether they be wives, mothers, girlfriends or daughters. You fucktard ZH'ers just think women are for fucking like your pussy grabber in chief!!!

shovelhead's picture

Not True.

Sometimes the floors need a good mopping too.

I am Jobe's picture

So many white whores, no wonder the divorce rates are high

rbg81's picture

One of the reasons I'm so done with White women.

peddling-fiction's picture

They need to be de-programmed.

For that you need to take America back.

peddling-fiction's picture

+69 813kml

Women will do what the mainstream wants of them to achieve safety and stability, and some, money and power.

In less than a decade of appropriate programming, you will have your first generation of white women that are ok.

In twenty years, plenty more.

In thirty years, the nightmare will be over.

Just ask the Russians. They have succeeded.

They deprogrammed the Soviet Bolshevik poison in their minds, since the fall of the wall.

You need your media and academia back.

The music industry as well.

Hollyweird needs to be disciplined.

Time for some serious spanking.

Dalcan5's picture

You pathetic sniveling pussy men....you're all afraid of women....in that case go jack off to Trump's picture, closet fags!

Wulfkind's picture

One of the reasons I'm so done with White women.

 

Michelle is out of a job now.  Call her....she may be looking to trade up.

roadhazard's picture

Trumps tongue just got hard.

Justawhoaman's picture

Obama/Clinton/Bush entrainment victims.  Hope they grow up soon as they are starting to get annoying.

DosZap's picture

All just for the RIGHT to murder another HUMAN,how sick are these bitches.

silverer's picture

These people are confused. Trump does NOT want to take away their right to abortion, as far as I'm aware. He wants to take their assumed "right" away to force the general population to pay for their abortion. No sex for you, ladies, unless you give me the "right" to make you responsible for my car payments.

Blankone's picture

Have had that discussion with far too many women and long before Trump ever annouced running.  You can get an abortion just have to pay for it yourself.  Also, that Planned Parenhood can get some tax dollars but must completely seperate from the abortion performing portion - physically and financially.  They say it is a womens health issue that must be provided for.

Xena fobe's picture

Why would anyone want planned parenthood defunded?  We need more McDonalds workers?  We should be forcing birth control on these welfare breeders.  Growth only benefits the elite.  Don't be useful idiots, increase planned parenthood funding! 

BeerMe's picture

It is actually a good point.  Planned parenthood is in place to control the black population.

Xena fobe's picture

Fertilized eggs are "human"?  Hmmm, I see.  So are we facing some catastrophic decline in population?  Will you pledge to support all the beer babies with your taxes? 

Fishthatlived's picture

I guess I missed all the protests against Clinton and his cigars.